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A $60,000 solar project, with no money down: A Colorado program helps businesses finance renewable energy projects

Delta County farmer Steve Ela saved a minimum of $1,000 per month on utility bills last year after installing solar panels at his 100-acre organic farm where he grows mostly tree fruits – peaches, plums, pears, sweet cherries and apples. Ela financed 100% of the $60,000 solar project, with no money down, thanks to Colorado […]

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Opinion: Colorado poised to become advanced energy leader with Congress’ help

Advanced energy is one of the fastest growing sectors of Colorado’s economy, and energy legislation before Congress could position Colorado as a national and global leader. Solar and wind companies support a combined 15,000 jobs in Colorado, represent billions of dollars of investments and provide tens of millions of dollars in state and local taxes. […]

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A tiny garden in Boulder is showing signs of stress from smog. The scientist behind it is thrilled.

The first time Danica Lombardozzi noticed tiny brown and black spots covering the leaves of her garden plants, she was thrilled. Her garden was serving its purpose. Each summer, Lombardozzi, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, watches excitedly as cutleaf coneflowers, milkweed, snap beans and potatoes sprout in a small garden […]

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Opinion: It’s time to invest in the future. President Trump: Support Energy Innovation and Technology

Innovative thinkers, engineers and scientists from across the country recently convened in Denver at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit to discuss solutions to America’s energy and environmental challenges and how to move the latest technologies from the lab to the commercial marketplace.  If the administration’s budget is enacted, however, it could be the last such […]

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Tri-State, under pressure from its member co-ops to change or fall behind, is shifting to renewable energy

In a sign of how quickly the electricity industry is changing, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is taking a quick paced series of steps to deal with market pressure and complaints from some of its member cooperatives. Westminster-based Tri-State — power provider to 43 rural electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado — […]

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Opinion: Trust Colorado consumers to choose the vehicle that fits their needs

One of the great things about working in the automotive industry is witnessing the incredible passion car enthusiasts exhibit for specific models, even those that ultimately failed, from the long-defunct DeLorean brand to the still-classic Studebakers. That’s why I appreciate the intense eagerness Colorado Sun contributor Sean Mitchell (Opinion: Three myths about owning an electric […]

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Jared Polis made a lot of promises in bid for governor. Here’s his progress on the 10 biggest.

When he kicked off his gubernatorial campaign in July 2017, Jared Polis promised to campaign on “big, bold ideas.” That’s one promise he would keep In the following 16 months, Polis pitched voters on more than 100 policy ideas big and small, promising to remake health care in the state, usher in historic expansions of […]

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Small hydropower providers are hoping it’s their time to shine as Colorado moves toward a renewables future

OURAY — The summer was dry. The water is low. So the acidity in the trickling Uncompahgre River, after it percolates through the mine-pocked Red Mountain Pass, is so high that it’s eating through the pipes that feed Eric Jacobson’s turbines. This means his small hydropower plant isn’t cranking out much electricity. But even in […]

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Denver and Boulder have big goals to fight climate change. But there is an obstacle: cannabis

Stretching the day for tiny marijuana plants at a Lafayette greenhouse long after night falls makes for a hefty electric bill. Even with big investments in a computer system to control heat, light and humidity, and in more-efficient light bulbs and fans, RiNo Supply Co. general manager Brian Matthews says 85 percent of the energy costs […]